Chaos broke out outside Ndwedwe Magistrates’ Court on Friday, where community members tried to block the police van transporting a man accused of stabbing a student at their school last month.
Phindile Gcwensa, 19, was allegedly attacked by Nduduzo Mpanza, 23, on May 5 in front of her schoolmates at Nqakathela Secondary School in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal.
Earlier that day, Gcwensa spotted Mpanza during school holidays and stayed on school grounds fearing for her life. Later that afternoon, Mpanza allegedly snuck in and stabbed her.
Speaking to TimesLIVE outside the court, Phhindile’s uncle Thami Gcwensa said he was outraged by the incident, which took place on happened on school grounds.
Gcwensa said Phindile had a relationship with Mpanza and that it ended.
Mpanza first appeared in court on May 16 when he shared his Dropped the bail request over fears the community would take the court into its own hands.
He made his second appearance on Friday, where Judge Gladys Luvuno adjourned the case to July 27, since she’s waiting for a police file. Mpanza will remain in custody until the next court date.
Mandisa Zondi, a community leader, said Gcwensa is an orphan with a good academic background.
He said the community was not happy about how the case was handled by the police and the school.
Xolani Skade, an ANC leader in the community, said security at the schools needed to be tightened to protect students.< /p>
EFF Representative Amelia Matshile said school security officers are needed to protect students and teachers.
Provincial education department spokesman Muzi Mahlambi said schools are a safe Location as guns are not allowed on the premises.
“In schools we should not have security guards as this is the learning environment. It should be a place where a community is also committed to keeping children safe,” he said.
“We condemn what happened in Ndwedwe. As a department, we will let the law take its course.”
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